Mount Sinai's noted surgeons offer the latest minimally invasive procedures.
Although the techniques vary from procedure to procedure, minimally invasive surgical procedures employ video cameras and lens systems to provide anatomic visualization within a region of the body.
Achieving such visualization requires the creation and maintenance of an optical cavity, most commonly created with carbon dioxide insufflation. Using short incisions in the skin, narrow tubes are inserted through the abdominal wall so that instruments can be slid through them to perform the maneuvers necessary for the operation. All this is viewed directly on a video monitor which receives its picture from a video camera attached to the laparoscope. Video cameras and specialized surgical instruments can be inserted through small access incisions in the skin and utilized within the optical cavity for the removal or repair of an organ system.
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